“…it always comes back to massage with knowing, sensitive and strong hands to achieve the ultimate therapy.”
Remedial Massage Therapists are exposed to an onslaught of advanced techniques from Osteopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Craniosacral Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Shiatsu, Physiotherapy, etc. It is easy to lose sight of the origins of our craft and why clients seek us out in the first place.
The temptation is to resort to easy methods and neglect to put in the time and effort to provide basic massage. One of my early instructors said, “Some practitioners adopt the Whitecoat Mentality relying too much on advanced techniques and do not follow through with Massage. This does not provide a full treatment.”
The fundamental key word in my job title is Massage. I frequently remind myself…Massage does work...have patience. These tight muscles, tendons and ligaments will let go, will soften, will release.
Yes, I make a remedial assessment, clear blockages along fascial and energetic meridians, employ a range of release techniques from simple stretching to esoteric New Age energetics, treat a trigger point, drain lymph nodes, or carry out Chinese treatments to clear stagnant and heat laden tissues…but it always comes back to massage with knowing, sensitive and strong hands to achieve the ultimate therapy.